Thursday, December 3, 2015

All By Myself

"The trouble is not really in being alone, it's being lonely. One can be lonely in the midst of a crowd, don't you think?"
~Christine Feehan, Dark Prince

There seems to be a bit of a theme in my coaching sessions that surround the idea of being comfortable in your own skin. I'm not talking about loving yourself or accepting your appearance. I'm talking about being comfortable doing things in life as just you.

Women have a much harder time with this I think. When I ask women if they have ever gone to a movie alone, had coffee or even a meal by themselves, or the real test, traveled alone, I often get a look like I'm asking if they ever died their hair neon pink and went to the grocery store naked.

One excuse is, "I don't want to be that pathetic person people wonder why she is alone."

When was the last time you noticed someone by themselves and even gave them a passing thought?(Unless you were on the prowl for a date....different scenario.)

One of the best weekends I've ever had was a New York trip all by myself many years ago. It was empowering for me to do what already countless women do every day who live there. It sparked me taking my daughter back often so that she could learn that cities don't have to be intimidating.

Having a lot of time early in my divorce, I went to the occasional movie or a meal with a book for company.  And of course, I had years of international travel meeting Dan in some part of the world but the travel section was me, myself and I in airport bars or stuck somewhere due to any number of reasons.

Maybe it's the McCaskey grad in me but I'm often shocked at women who tell me they won't drive downtown alone. I look at them with sadness at all of the amazing things they are missing.

A certain strength and confidence come from doing activities that are usually social by yourself. Rather than make small talk (you can do that by yourself but unless you pretend you're on the phone people look at you funny) you learn about who you are or even, on occasion, strike up a conversation with someone completely new.

So I challenge you if you've never done it, to try something by yourself. You'll be surprised at how easy it can be. And you might just gain a bit of confidence.

"If you wanted to do something absolutely honest, something true, it always turned out to be a thing that had to be done alone."
~Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


"You will find joy in everyday life with a heart of thankfulness."
~Lailah Gifty Akita, Beautiful Quotes

Having just swung past Thanksgiving and heading into Christmas I find myself once again looking at everything I'm thankful for this past year.

I'm thankful for:

My coaching clients that put their trust in me and the amazing moments that can come from them

My daughter's love of Harry Potter that led us to a family Universal trip and a 13-year-old almost in tears of joy (huge for her as emotions are not her thing).

Waiting to find that perfect horse rather than settling on something "almost right." If it doesn't feel right it probably isn't-an ideal that should be used often.

An ex-husband that decided to be a place the kids visit rather than live part time. It used to drive me crazy. Now I see it as a gift for everyone involved.

Days the dog does not pee on the floor.

Having a floor, a roof, a home and a family that fills it with so much fun and craziness.

The friends I have helping me with my book. Someday.....

A Queen's fourth birthday. We hold every year as a gift and hope for as many more.

The love and support not just for me but for my kids from a genuinely wild and crazy guy that we wouldn't want to live without.

And as always: Wine.

"We win some, we lose some, but there is always some."
~Anthony Liccione